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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 2 December 2011 (USA)
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A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

Director:

Julia Leigh

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (idea), Julia Leigh (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridgette Barrett Bridgette Barrett ... Dinner Waitress
Rachael Blake ... Clara
Hannah Bella Bowden Hannah Bella Bowden ... Dinner Waitress
Emily Browning ... Lucy
Alan Cardy Alan Cardy ... Dinner Guest
Peter Carroll ... Man 1
Les Chantery Les Chantery ... Driver
Benita Collings Benita Collings ... Dinner Guest
Michael Dorman ... Cook
Eden Falk Eden Falk ... Thomas
Anni Finsterer ... Train Riding Hairdresser
Mirrah Foulkes ... Sophie
James Fraser ... Guy with Ticket
Robin Goldsworthy Robin Goldsworthy ... Flatmate
Vernon Hayman Vernon Hayman ... Dinner Guest
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Storyline

Lucy is a university student who is working a number of jobs. She volunteers at a research lab, works at a coffee shop, and as a photocopy clerk in an office. She responds to an advertisement and embarks on an erotic freelance job in which she is required to sleep in bed alongside paying customers. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 70,204 (Australia), 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,207, 4 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$435,468
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Director and writer Julia Leigh originally based the idea she had for the film on a recurring nightmare she had that someone was watching her while she slept. See more »

Goofs

When giving the credit card number to her mother she says it's a Visa card, but the first number she gives is five. All Visa cards start with four; it is MasterCard that starts with five. See more »

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Lucy: I love drinking, I'm really good at it
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Written by Deniz Tek (as D. Tek) and Warwick Gilbert (as W. Gilbert)
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No anaesthetic, thank you, doctor...
17 April 2012 | by nihaoSee all my reviews

An interesting choice. Prostitution amidst university students. Rich old men who spend their money on flesh. Modern 'dettachment'... separating the body from the heart, the soul, the mind. Most of the critics of this film seem to dwell on complaining that "our world is not like that! All the people here are horrible...!!!" Of course they are missing the point. We are watching crude realities, but also dreams, symbols, Freudian/Jungian fetishes... A woman is directing. Jane Campion is producing. This is also a 'clue' that MAYBE there is more to this film than meets the eye... Behind the veneer are MANY hidden truths.( Behind the Twin Towers, behind the choice of a black president after a guy like Bush jr.) Separation from the truth. We are all 'anaesthetised'... so Lisa is NOT so strange, after all. Money rules. Maybe we are victims of our society, of our times. We are 'dead', as T.S. Eliot wrote some years ago. Of course the world is full of wonderful, hearty, passionate and generous people. But this film aims elsewhere, and I myself feel grateful to its director, scriptwriter (and , why not, actress) for taking the plunge, and re-floating Pasolini's 'Salò' in a more digestible (maybe more intelligent?) guise. Kubrick? His last movie may still reveal something in the future (ALL his films age very well), but he was an elderly man, and this young director seems to have the upper-hand in as much as hitting the nail on the head with the 'ésprit-du-temps', the 'Zeitgeist' or, more plainly,(and painfully), the new age our youth are forced to grow up in. Somewhat puzzled at first, I gave this film a chance...let it 'breathe', in my conscience and intellect. I'm glad I did. It contains more than one morsel of food for thought.


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